NZ Champs: Matt Stanley takes down another Loader record


20-year-old Matthew Stanley rewrote the record books for a second straight night at the New Zealand Swimming Championships in Auckland tonight, which doubles as the Olympic Trials. In a class of his own in the 200 freestyle, Stanley qualfied for the London Olympics in 1:47.57, 6/100ths of a second inside the 16-year-old national record set by Danyon Loader in winning gold in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Also qualifying were Gareth Kean and Daniel Bell in the men’s 100 backstroke with 53.58 and 54.39 respectively, and Lauren Boyle with a 4:05.83 national record in the 400 freestyle.

Matt Stanley, Steven Kent, Dylan Dunlop-Barrett and Andrew McMillan met the selection standard and will form a national relay combination to attempt to qualify in the 4x200m freestyle relay tonight (New Zealand time, that’s tomorrow morning here in Europe).

Read more here on tvnz and here on nzherald


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  1. NZL: 4x 200
    Matt – 1:47,57
    Andrew – 1:49,50
    Steven – 1:49,80
    Dylan – 1:50,32

    DEN: 4x 200
    Pál – 1:48,98
    Mads – 1:49,05
    Daniel – 1:49,85
    Anders – 1:49,86

    This will be one the teams to beat in London ;-)

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